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Prisons: Genetics

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the DNA Prisoner Sampling Exercise in 2003 was carried out in every prison establishment in England and Wales. [122875]

John Reid: The 2003 DNA Prisoner Sampling Exercise was carried out in all prison establishments where prisoners were identified as not having had a sample taken, with the exception of young offenders institutions.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners were identified through the Prisoner Sampling Exercise in 2003 as not having their DNA on the National DNA Database; and what proportion of those prisoners subsequently had a sample taken before their release. [122876]

John Reid: Data on prisoners and patients in secure mental establishments as at 28 February 2003 was examined during the Prisoner Sampling Exercise. 5,400 of these were identified as having no DNA profile on the National DNA Database. 3,772 of these prisoners and patients (70 per cent. had a DNA sample taken and added to the National DNA Database.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners in England and Wales had their DNA samples taken during the course of the DNA Prisoner Sampling Exercise carried out in 2003. [122905]


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John Reid: 3,772 individuals had DNA samples taken, of which 3,188 were prisoners and 584 were prisoners in secure mental establishments.

Prisons: Location

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average distance in miles was between (a) females and (b) males in prison and their registered home address in each year since 1997. [130533]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 29 March 2007]: The information requested for the last five years is contained in the table.

Distance from home is calculated using either home address, or where no home address is listed the committal court is used as a proxy.

Average distance from home area
Miles
Male Female Male and Female

2002

53

64

53

2003

52

68

53

2004

51

67

52

2005

50

55

50

2006

50

58

50


Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females are (i) on remand and (ii) convicted prisoners being held in a prison (A) up to 50 miles, (B) between 50 and 100 miles and (C) over 100 miles from their home. [130535]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 29 March 2007]: The information requested is contained in the table. The data is for January 2007.

Distance from home is calculated using either home address, or where no home address is listed the committal court is used as a proxy.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors arising from data entry and processing. For this reason the data may not be wholly accurate due to the relatively small numbers involved.

Average distance of prisoners from home by gender and custody status January 2007
(A) Under 50 miles (B) Between 50 and 100 miles (C) Over 100 miles Total

(a) Male

Unconvicted

6,793

670

310

7,773

Convicted

39,641

15,302

9,100

64,043

(b) Female

Unconvicted

384

137

23

544

Convicted

2,082

884

676

3,642

Total

48,900

16,993

10,109

76,002


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Prisons: Manpower

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 325W, on prison capacity, how many additional prison officers he expects to be recruited in 2007 to oversee the additional prison places created. [124408]

John Reid: The number of prison officers and custody officers varies depending on the regime and the type and location of the prison. We estimate that around 500 additional prison officers and prison custody officers will be required to staff the 2,500 additional places that will come into use in 2007.

Probation: Greater London

Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget allocation for the London Probation Area (a) was for 2006-07 and (b) is for 2007-08; and what assessment he has made of the potential impact of a change in the budget on service delivery. [130070]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information is as follows:

This provides for a 5.1 per cent. cash increase on the 2006-07 figure. Regional offender managers are currently negotiating service level agreements with each probation board setting out what services are delivered within agreed resources.

Prosecutions: Hunting

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 144W, on illegal fox hunts, what the names were of the defendants in the prosecutions referred to where all proceedings are complete. [128204]

Mr. McNulty: It is not appropriate for the Home Office to provide such information.

Refugees

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of refugees who will be eligible for integration loans. [129948]

Joan Ryan: Those granted refugee status or humanitarian protection under the immigration rules and their respective dependants on or after the date on which the loan scheme comes into operation will be eligible to apply for an integration loan. Numbers of eligible applicants will be dependant on how many individuals are granted the appropriate status but we are working on the assumption that there will be no significant rise in numbers from last year. In 2006, 2,170 individuals were granted refugee status and 60 were given humanitarian protection.


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The payment of a loan is not automatic and each application will be considered on its own merits.

Reoffenders: Hartlepool

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Hartlepool have broken the terms of their (a) bail conditions, (b) antisocial behaviour orders and (c) acceptable behaviour contract in each of the last five years. [130906]

Mr. McNulty: Data extracted from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty of “Failing to
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surrender to Bail” in the Hartlepool local justice area (LJA) and the Cleveland police force area are shown in the following table.

Data are not collected centrally on other breaches of bail condition. The figures given for Hartlepool LJA will include defendants who do not necessarily live in Hartlepool itself, but their cases were heard in Hartlepool.

Antisocial behaviour order (ASB0) breach data are available at criminal justice system (CJS) area level only. These data relate to cases where individuals have been proven in court to have broken the terms of their ASBO.

Data on the number of acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs) are not collected by the Home Office as they are voluntary agreements and therefore unsuitable for central data collection.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for failing to surrender to bail, in the Hartlepool local justice area and Cleveland police force area, 2001 to 2005( 1, 2)
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty

Hartlepool UA

268

252

287

252

270

240

257

245

151

138

Cleveland Police Force Area

811

658

995

742

1,123

882

1,243

1,079

892

801

(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Roads: Accidents

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many car accidents involving a pedestrian being injured or killed (a) resulted in police successfully prosecuting a motorist and (b) were hit and run cases with no one apprehended in each of the last five years; and what the average sentence was in each prosecution. [130051]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 26 March 2007]: While the Department for Transport monitors details of road traffic accidents including ‘hit and run', this information is not linked with details of any subsequent arrests and prosecutions.

Information collected on the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform does not identify the type of vehicle and casualty (i.e. pedestrian, driver or passenger) involved in road traffic accidents where proceedings have been brought.

Information held on the database on the number of prosecutions and findings of guilt for ‘accident' offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 section 170(4) and (7) does not distinguish those offences which resulted in injury from those which resulted in damage or both injury and damage.

Samantha Jackson

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1229W, on Samantha Jackson, when he expects a decision to be taken on the case of Samantha Jackson (reference 410144101). [130498]

Mr. Byrne: IND made a decision on 5 March 2007. The associated paperwork was despatched to Ms Jackson on 27 March 2007.

Secure Accommodation: Young Offenders

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people were held in (a) secure children's homes, (b) secure training centres and (c) young offender institutions in each month since 2002; and if he will make a statement. [126006]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The information requested can be found in the table. It relates to young people serving juvenile sentences in secure training centres, secure children's homes and juvenile young offender institutions. It does not include young adults in young offender institutions for over 18-year-olds.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.


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Numbers in Secure Children's Homes, Secure Training Centres, including those in Juvenile Institutions 2002-07( 1)
Secure Children’s Homes Secure Training Centres Juvenile Institutions( 2)

2002

January

283

108

2,495

February

305

119

2,624

March

308

122

2,702

April

333

122

2,734

May

340

128

2,831

June

330

154

2,866

July

324

155

2,915

August

337

154

2,889

September

322

141

2,947

October

322

149

2,992

November

335

152

2,920

December

322

163

2,713

2003

January

288

155

2,619

February

301

172

2,610

March

312

174

2,667

April

314

171

2,618

May

328

181

2,598

June

327

183

2,594

July

322

183

2,634

August

313

173

2,624

September

308

180

2,653

October

309

175

2,637

November

307

183

2,598

December

282

171

2,460

2004

January

289

175

2,504

February

289

166

2,599

March

288

187

2,681

April

278

182

2,650

May

279

179

2,664

June

267

181

2,607

July

264

189

2,618

August

264

205

2,631

September

238

223

2,612

October

244

219

2,677

November

242

226

2,665

December

218

214

2,547

2005

January

236

209

2,515

February

229

232

2,529

March

232

233

2,521

April

226

228

2,524

May

229

237

2,594

June

238

245

2,605

July

255

248

2,661

August

248

249

2,680

September

257

252

2,770

October

244

253

2,696

November

227

246

2,652

December

216

216

2,404

2006

January

225

231

2,521

February

213

233

2,610

March

209

229

2,654

April

228

246

2,619

May

234

258

2,715

June

225

247

2,750

July

229

233

2,813

August

233

269

2,824

September

230

268

2,813

October

222

260

2,831

November

225

284

2,803

December

222

257

2,659

2007

January

226

271

2,743

(1 )The age group shown in the table are under 18s only, except those completing a Detention and Training Order. Normally under 18s would not be expected to be found in young offender institutions. (2) Including some young people recently reaching age 18.

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